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Harmony City Council approves sale of Heritage Grove


Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

By Jade Sexton

The Harmony City Council and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) held a special joint meeting on June 11 to discuss the purchase offer for the Heritage Grove assisted living center.

Remax Realtor Roxanne Johnson was present, as was Ron Braasch of Braasch Commercial Real Estate. Mark Dickson attended representing the Oxford managing company that has managed Heritage Grove for the last few years.

EDA President Chris Skaalen explained the purchase agreement was signed by the EDA and the buyers, but needed final approval from the city council.

The council approved the purchase agreement with Clara House, LLC for $2 million.

Mayor Steve Donney said the EDA and the city have been looking to sell the property for a long time, and there aren’t many buyers out there. Councilor Jim Bakken agreed. “I think it’s as good an offer as we’re going to get,” he said.

Roxanne Johnson agreed. “This property belongs in the private sector,” she said. “That was the goal all along.”

Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates, explained the city has outstanding debt on the property that makes selling more complicated. The bond has a call option, which means the city agreed not to pre-pay the amount for eight years, which will be up in 2016. He explained creating an escrow that would allow the repay the bonds. It costs money to create an escrow, and with the principal, the fees, and escrow costs, the amount comes to around $2.5 million. This leaves the city with a $500,000 shortfall.

Bubany mentioned that Heritage Grove will now be a taxable property, which it has never been since it was owned by the EDA. The city can expect to receive $25,000 in taxes next year. The city could use a tax abatement to cover the shortfall. They would have to have a public hearing to inform residents that the taxes on the property can cover the principal. The interest portion would have to be paid with tax levy, and would be around $14,500 a year.

Bubany also reminded the council that the city currently budgets $40,000 a year to subsidize Heritage Grove, much more than the amount that would have to be levied.

Bubany will be meeting with the Fillmore County EDA Director Chris Gastner to discuss a possibility of county participation, as the county will also benefit from the taxes.

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Phyllis Ann (Brokken) Hogue

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Phyllis Ann (Brokken) Hogue, 90, of Rochester, Minn. and formerly of Harmony, Minn., passed away the morning of June 10, 2013 at Madonna Towers in Rochester. She was born July 29, 1922 in Harmony to T. Sabin and Gladys (Garrett) Brokken. She grad ..... 
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David James Barnes

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

David James Barnes, 52, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2013. He was born on July 13, 1960 in Harmony, Minn. He was a longtime resident of Pleasant Prairie, Wis. David is survived by his wife Michelle, daughter Jennifer (Nathan) Wurm and son J ..... 
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Harmony Area Community Foundation

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

On May 31, 2012, a group of interested individuals first met to discuss the creation of a community fund through Southern MN Initiative Foundation (SMIF). By August of 2012, our SMIF agreement was finalized and the Harmony Area Community Foundatio ..... 
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Miss Harmony

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

2013 marks the 14th year of the Miss Harmony Scholarship pageant. Pageant coordinators, Amanda Heibel, Emily Kiehne and Allison Whalen are very excited about the activities that lay ahead for the six contestants. This year’s contestants are Sydni ..... 
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Engagement - Welke ~ Hebrink

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Welke ~ Hebrink Brandon Welke and Courtney Hebrink of La Crosse, Wis. are proud to announce their upcoming wedding. Parents of the groom are Tim and Tina Welke, of La Crosse, and parents of the bride are Mark and Cindy, of Harmony, Minn. Bran ..... 
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Fillmore Central to bring back Cross Country

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

The last time Fillmore Central had students involved in Cross Country was 2008-2009. At that time, there was only one student participating. Recently, nine students expressed interest in starting the program again, which would be shared with Lane ..... 
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Mary E. “Bette” Barrett

Tue, Jun 4th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Mary E. “Bette” Barrett, age 85, of Harmony, MN died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, June 5, at 11:00 am at the Nativity Catholic Church in Harmony with Fr. James Vo ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Police Reports

Robert Blake Hughes, 24, of Harmony, Minn., appeared in Fillmore County Court on May 21, for one count of Escape from Custody – Held Pursuant to Lawful Arrest While on Charge or Conviction or Adjudication, which carries a maximum sentence of five ..... 
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